What to Do If You Slip and Fall in a Store
Posted in Slip and Fall on March 20, 2018
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, talk with a Maryland attorney; it may have been due to someone else’s failure to provide a safe environment. Filing a lawsuit is often the only way for you to receive compensation for the expense of medical care and lost wages. The primary challenge in these lawsuits is to prove the property owner’s liability.
A Few Simple Tips If You Slip and Fall in a Store
Following are a few simple tips that help ensure a positive outcome:
- Seek medical care. Serious injuries don’t always feel serious when they happen. Be sure to see a doctor right away, even if it doesn’t feel necessary. Otherwise, it is much more difficult to prove that the injury resulted from the slip and fall incident.
- Examine the area. Look around the area where the incident took place and document what you see. Inspect for things that may have caused the accident, such as spills or uneven flooring.
- Document your memories of the accident. While it’s still fresh in your mind, write down everything you can remember about the incident, the time leading up to it, and the time immediately after.
- Record witness details. Get the names and contact information of anyone who was around when the accident occurred. Be sure to get information on everyone, even if the person didn’t see the actual fall. The witness may still be of service from observation of the aftermath.
- File a report. If the fall took place at a business, follow their procedure for reporting the incident. Don’t negotiate with them or attempt resolution. If someone comments that something similar happened before or expresses that there was a concern it would happen, be sure to write down their name and the comment as soon as you leave the premises.
- Take pictures. It’s best to take pictures as soon as the incident happens so you have a record of the conditions that led to the accident.
- Refrain from talking. Don’t talk about what happened or point fingers. The property owner or their witness may repeat in court what you say.
An insurance company or attorney may contact you after the accident. These people represent the property owner’s interest, not yours. Their ambition is to limit the cost to their client. Be polite, concise, and firm when you tell them to contact you through your own legal representation. Do not engage them in conversation about how you are feeling, the extent of your injuries, or the incident. It’s best to give them your attorney’s name and telephone number and end the conversation. If you haven’t secured representation yet, take their name and number and tell them that your attorney will be in touch shortly.
Make sure to find an attorney to represent you right away. Deadlines called statutes of limitations limit the amount of time you have for filing a case. Personal injury law firms handle slip and fall cases and attorneys at these firms understand the complexities of personal injury and premises liability cases. Most work on a contingency basis. This means that the attorney receives fees from money awarded. The significance of this is twofold:
- If you don’t receive compensation, neither does the attorney. So an attorney has an incentive to take the case only if he thinks you have a good chance of winning compensation.
- You don’t pay any legal fees upfront. If you don’t receive compensation for your injuries, you don’t owe the attorney any money.
There’s no reason for a slip and fall victim to have to suffer financially because of someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident, contact the attorneys at Murphy Falcon Murphy for a consultation today.